Latin America

Latin America
Wednesday, August 5th 2009 - 12:43 UTC

Uribe tours South America in support for his military plans with the US

At his first stop in Peru, Uribe received the support from President García.

Colombian president Alvaro Uribe is visiting most South American countries to explain the extent of the understanding currently under discussion with Washington and which will enable an increase of US military personnel distributed in several Colombian bases, an initiative which has received strong reactions across the continent.

Wednesday, August 5th 2009 - 07:11 UTC

Leopard tanks corruption in Chile jails two generals and summons ministers

The tanks were purchased from Holland where an investigation was also announced by Defense minister Joris Voorhovoe

Two retired Chilean army officers have been charged with accepting bribes for the purchase of Dutch armoured vehicles in 1998. The men are accused of taking a 600.000 US dollars bribe over the sale of 200 Leopard tanks.

Wednesday, August 5th 2009 - 07:09 UTC

US forces in Colombian bases controversy overshadows regional military summit

General Fraser anticipated “a good explanation and a satisfactory outcome”.

United States General Douglas Fraser, in charge of US Southern Command operations covering South America said that there are good reasons for the deployment of US military units in Colombia bases, but also stressed that no final deal had yet been struck.

Wednesday, August 5th 2009 - 06:59 UTC

Chavez condemns attack on television station as “counter revolutionary”

The attack comes at a critical moment for Chavez in his relation with the independent press.

Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez confirmed Tuesday that one of her militants Lina Ron was under arrest for having been involved in the Monday attack on the Globovision television station, an action which he also condemned.

Wednesday, August 5th 2009 - 00:43 UTC

Spider crab season kicks off in Punta Arenas; target 2.300 tons

The season was slow in beginning because of the terrible weather

The first boatloads of Magellan spider crabs (king crab) arrived in Punta Arenas, extreme south of Chile, late last week, marking the commencement of the 2009 spider crab season and the end of the National Fishing Service’s six month ban on hunting the prized crustaceans.

Tuesday, August 4th 2009 - 12:45 UTC

Strengthening international cooperation is the main challenge of Antarctic meeting

XXI COMNAP Annual Meeting

With the challenge of strengthening international cooperation for development of Antarctic science, the XXI Annual Meeting of the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP) started yesterday. COMNAP is one of the most important forums of the Antarctic Treaty System.

Tuesday, August 4th 2009 - 10:54 UTC

Chile to invest 180 million USD in tourism infrastructure

Improving Patagonia and southern islands ports for the cruise industry is at the core of the project

In a nod to the luxury cruiser industry, Chile’s government says it will invest more than 180 million US dollars to improve and expand tourism infrastructure to convince foreign travellers to visit the country.

Tuesday, August 4th 2009 - 10:41 UTC

Uribe tours South America to explain US bases in Colombia

Lula da Silva said he doesn’t like the idea of a US base in the region.

A plan to increase the number of US troops in Colombia is drawing opposition, not just from left-wing populist leaders in the region but also from moderate governments prompting President Alvaro Uribe to tour the region and try to ease concerns.

Tuesday, August 4th 2009 - 09:36 UTC

Thousands of “eclipse tourists” expected to flock to Easter Island in July 2010

Prices have soared at the Moai statues island: 3.000 USD for a four-night package

Thousands of visitors are set to fly to Chile’s Easter Island to view the longest total solar eclipse of the 21st century scheduled for July 11, 2010. But Easter Island inhabitants warn the tiny isle cannot accommodate so many people.

Monday, August 3rd 2009 - 13:50 UTC

Bolivian president Morales launches the “indigenous autonomy”

Peasant and indigenous communities will be entitled to vote for more autonomy in referendums next December, an issue that has bitterly divided the country.

Bolivia has become the first country in the history of South America to declare the right of indigenous people to govern themselves. The country's first indigenous president, Evo Morales, launched his so-called “indigenous autonomy” policy in the eastern lowlands.

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